Join Us in Toronto in 2017!

The purpose of this cluster meeting is to create a space for researchers whose interests encompass rural sociology to meet within the bustle of the CSA’s annual conference. We will have a special opportunity to compare notes, see common patterns, note differences, discuss new theoretical perspectives and share methodological dilemmas. We will meet old friends, find new friends and build broader networks of those interested in what is happening in rural areas in a rapidly changing world. For more details about the cluster, please contact Jennifer at or Satenia at

4th Annual CSA Rural Sociology Research Cluster Meeting
Date: Thursday June 1, 2017
Time: 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
Location: KHE-323

2017 CSA Rural Sociology Conference Session and Roundtable
The Viability of Communities I
Date: Thursday June 1st
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: KHE-323
Session Chair: Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University

The Viability of Communities II: A Focus on Food, Energy, Human, and Politico-Legal Resources
Date: Thursday June 1st
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location: CED-703
Session Chair: Satenia Zimmermann, Lakehead University

Both the session and the roundtable highlight the different ways in which small towns and rural communities have adapted to remain viable in the 21st century. Many rural communities are dependent upon one major source of employment, whether it is fishing, farming, mining, textiles, communications, one major industry. Modern technology, economic uncertainty, globalization, and outward youth migration among other factors, have wiped out the economic base of many communities leaving them devastated as industries close, relocate, or downsize. Papers are welcomed that examine the ways in which communities develop new strategies or utilize their intangible resources including civic engagement, social capital, and community well-being to remain viable in the 21st century.